With names like Prakash Jha & Abhay Deol, one only hopes for the best. With many good films this year, I may not want to place Chakravyuh under the creme de la creme but it definitely makes for a pacy entertainer that keeps you riveted till the end with a subject that couldn't have come out at a better time. Aptly titled, the film exposes the ugly reality of the govt, the politicians, the business houses and the fallout of their amorality. While all these things aren't under wraps any more, thanks to the media, the film keeps you glued all through. Cheers to the songwriter of Birla ho ya Tata. A perfect fit, the song neatly summarizes the entire film.
I was expecting some mind blowing performances for a subject like this. I have to admit here though that Chakarvyuh left me disappointed on this front. Arjun Rampal looks pretty much dead barring some of his aggressive dialougery. Wonder how Isha Gupta was given this role. Manoj Bajpai is good but not as impressive as in some of his other films. The one character that stands out, camouflaging all, is Anjali Patil (who plays Juhi, one of the Naxalites). She's bang on with her dialogues, her attitude!
And as much as I want to avoid writing this, it felt as though Abhay Deol sleepwalks some of the scenes. There isn't a bigger admirer of him than me, which is why I still loved watching him but he has definitely done better. I liked the unpredictability that Jha lends to Abhay's character and his equation with Arjun.
Overall, its a good film that leaves you with a bad taste of the sour reality. Watch it!